Online Indexes

Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire & Selkirkshire together with parts of Dumfriesshire, East Lothian and Midlothian - 111,330 names

Berwickshire, Dumfriesshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire & Selkirkshire together with parts of East Lothian, Kirkcudbrightshire, Lanarkshire, Midlothian and Wigtownshire - 224,150 names

Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire & Selkirkshire together with parts of Dumfriesshire, East Lothian and Midlothian - 115,521 names

Click here for more detailed information on the coverage of our census indexes.

Free Scottish Mental Health Record Search

Between 1858 and 1915 there were 116,174 in Scottish Lunatic Asylums, some for a short visit, others for most of their life. These people were largely forgotten about, our mission is to tell their story so their modern day family can understand them, even if their contemporaries couldn’t.

This is an index of the MC2 and MC7 series of records, held at the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh. The title of the series of records catalogued 'MC7 is "General Register of Lunatics in Asylums". Although the volumes commence in 1858, the first volume begins with records of all patients who were in Scottish asylums on 1 January 1858, including records of patients admitted as far back as the year 1807. These volumes are much less detailed than the "Notices of Admissions", but do contain the date of admission and the date of transfer or death, making it possible to trace a patient through time. The index so far covers admission dates from 1807 through to 17 May 1876. More entries will be added shortly. The title of the series of records catalogued 'MC2' is "Notices of Admissions by the Superintendent of Mental Institutions". The volumes commence in 1858 and most volumes cover one month each. The index so far covers the months of January-June 1858; January-April, July-August and December 1859; and January 1860.

We are very grateful to Ian Berry, John Brodie, Trish Jones, Heather McMahon, Roberta Rossely and Marjorie Watson for their help in indexing these records.

Click here to search the Scottish Mental Health Records Index (43,388 entries).

Click here to learn more about Scottish mental health records.

Click here to read about specific institutions around Scotland.

Free Online Parish Register Search

We have now made available an online searchable database of all the parish registers we have indexed so far, plus some additional material not yet published in book form. The records we have indexed are taken from Kirk Session material of the Church of Scotland and other Presbyterian churches. They are not part of the Church of Scotland Old Parish Registers (or OPRs) as found on the Scotland's People site. They therefore contain many records of births, marriages and deaths which are not to be found anywhere else. Click here to see current database coverage.

Click here to search Births/Baptisms (6,050 entries).

Click here to search Marriages/Banns (1,175 entries).

Click here to search Deaths/Burials (2,583 entries).

Free Online Prison Record Search

We have now made available an online searchable database for all the prison registers we have indexed so far. For coverage details, please see the coverage page on our new site. This index should enable you to identify someone in the records and get the relevant reference so that you can obtain more information. Further information, such as the crime, can be found in our prison index books.

Click here to search the Prison Register Database (23,494 entries).

Free Online Paternity Case Search

We have now made available an online searchable database for paternity cases in Scottish Sheriff Courts. These include a few other aliment cases concerning desertion as well as some breach of promise to marry cases.

For coverage details, please see the href="../coveragecourt.aspx">coverage page on our new site.

Cases after 1917 have not been added to the index for privacy reasons, but will be added on an annual basis in future years. Other years and new Sheriff Courts will soon be added, so please keep checking this page for updates. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Margaret Hamilton in this indexing project.

Click here to search the Paternity Case Database (25,621 entries).

Database last updated on 1 December 2017 at 2:55 p.m. GMT

This update has added paternity cases from Kilmarnock Sheriff Court Decrees 1878-1883.

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